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September 7, 2016

Hill Climbing's Easy for mDrive and 'Downsped' MP8 Diesel

The Pinnacle-pulled rig weighed close to 80,000 pounds. So how did it pull the hills at such low engine speeds? With 1,860 lb-ft of torque, and with no more speed loss than one would find with higher revving engines.

August 23, 2016

Peterbilt Model 567 Heritage Evokes 'Large Cars'

Peterbilt Motors’ Model 567 Heritage combines a rugged-looking vocational truck with special exterior and interior trim that harkens back to the company’s West Coast origins and days of the “large car.”

August 23, 2016

Quick Spin: Crane LET2 Crew Cab Seats 4

Not all trash trucks are born alike. The model LET2 CC is a rather roomy example in a world where most refuse trucks seat two, or three in a pinch. Senior Editor Tom Berg offers his hands-on impressions.

August 2, 2016

Test Drive: Western Star’s 6900XD Heavy, Heavy Hauler

Western Star’s 6900XD pulls 70 metric tons through a dirt road course and comes through with flying colors.

August 1, 2016

Kenworth T680 Shows off Lightweight Specs

Even with a roomy sleeper, this T680 scales at just 14,200 pounds, making heavy payloads possible.

July 20, 2016

Cummins ISX15, Still Growing and Evolving After 18 Years of Service [Video]

As engine platforms go, Cummins' ISX has to be considered slightly remarkable. It survived the transition to EGR and then to SCR aftertreatment -- while several other engines did not -- and it's still very much alive and kicking today.

June 23, 2016

Test Drive: Nissan’s Titan XD Gas

What does it take for a pickup to be considered “American”? Nissan is a Japanese company, but its Titan XD is American all the way through.

May 20, 2016

Test Drive: Ford's New F-650 Looks, Feels Familiar

If you found Ford’s previous F-650 and F-750 useful, comfortable and easy to drive, you’ll feel the same way about the new generation.

May 1, 2016

Titan XD Gas: Another Choice in Nissan's New Category

Like the diesel version shown off last December, the gasoline truck's capabilities lie between traditional half- and three-quarter-tonners. Senior Editor Tom Berg has first driving impressions.

April 25, 2016

Quick Spin: Sneak Peak of the Cummins 2017 X15

We get behind the wheel of the newest fuel-efficient version of the Cummins ISX and find there’s much to look forward to.

March 28, 2016

Quick Spin: Strong Underpinnings Turn a Medium Into a Heavy

This ‘Baby 8’ Kenworth T370 has serious carrying capacity, with a midrange-size powertrain that performs well but saves money and weight.

March 24, 2016

Test Drive: Isuzu NPRs Offer High Maneuverability

A 4-cylinder diesel promises to sip fuel while a gutsy gasoline V-8 saves upfront money and really goes.

March 16, 2016

Focus On... Volvo Adaptive Loading

Volvo Trucks offers a unique 6x2 tractor platform, where the rear axle does the driving while the forward axle in the tandem group goes along for the ride.  This Focus On video explains how Adaptive Loading works, and features an interview with one of the first fleets in North America to use the system.

February 23, 2016

Test Drive: Making Low-Speed Maneuvers Easier With UltraShift Plus

For years Eaton has been improving its UltraShift Plus series to make the heavy-duty automated manual transmissions do more things and do them better. Blended Pedal, Urge to Move features make Eaton automated gearboxes more useful.

February 2, 2016

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Caterpillar CT680L

The new axle-forward CT680L version of Caterpillar's Cat Truck is a work truck, make no mistake – but Cat's approach is obviously that drivers shouldn't suffer for their craft. In this Ultimate Test Drive video, Equipment Editor Jim Park shares his impressions.

January 29, 2016

Test Drive: Nissan Titan XD's a Big Leap Forward

The beefed-up chassis puts the new truck between ½-ton and ¾-ton pickups, but the star for now is Cummins power.

December 30, 2015

Heavy Duty Trucking's Top 5 Videos of 2015

With the Ultimate Test Drive series, featuring tests of 2015's newest trucks, and our Focus On... Series, HDT produced original videos made for the people who live and breathe trucking.

December 18, 2015

Test Drive: New MX-11 Engine Performs for Peterbilt

Truckers who used to crave a long-nose Pete with a big-bore engine might be surprised by Paccar’s new smaller powerhouse.

December 17, 2015

Testing Out Dana's Dual Range Disconnect [Video]

First revealed at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March, Dana's Dual Range Disconnect drive axle system gives users the fuel savings of a downsped 6x2 drivetrain and the traction and performance of a conventional 6x4 setup. How's that possible you ask?

December 3, 2015

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Kenworth T880 Part 3

We check out Kenworth's T880 and do a walk around examining the design changes inside and out on the company's new vocational workhorse in part 3 of our Ultimate Test Drive Video. Check out Part 1 and Part 2.

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